MIAMI -- A day after the Heat restructured Erik Spoelstra's coaching staff, the reasoning came into focus: Spoelstra isn't going anywhere.
An NBA source confirmed Sunday to the Sun Sentinel that Spoelstra has signed a multiyear extension. Spoelstra, who had one year left on his contract, will continue to have input in personnel decisions, with the Heat on Saturday reshuffling their personnel department.
Terms of the agreement were not announced. The Heat do not formally announce contract extensions involving coaches or members of the front office.
The Heat open training camp Tuesday in the Bahamas, with media day Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Spoelstra, 42, who became Heat coach on April 28, 2008 after Pat Riley stepped down following a 15-67 season, currently has the second longest tenure of NBA coaches, behind only the man his team vanquished in June's NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich has held his position since the early stages of the 1996-97 season.
The Heat announced a variety of coaching-staff and front-office changes Saturday, with Juwan Howard and Dan Craig, one of Spoelstra's closest friends in the organization, moved onto the full-time coaching staff and Keith Askins and Chad Kammerer shuffled to personnel positions.
The Heat have made the playoffs in each of Spoelstra's five seasons, advancing to the past three NBA Finals and winning the past two NBA championships. Spoelstra is 260-134 in his five seasons with the Heat, as well as 50-29 in the playoffs.
Spoelstra is represented by Creative Artists Agency, which also represents Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Heat center Chris Bosh. CAA had previously represented forward LeBron James.
Wade, Bosh and James all can become free agents at season end, with an extension for Spoelstra providing stability on the bench.
Spoelstra is scheduled as Monday's first speaker at media day. Riley, in his role as Heat president, has traveled to the Bahamas in advance of the Heat's camp.
This will be Spoelstra's 19th season as a member of the organization. He originally was hired as video coordinator and since had served as assistant coach/video coordinator, assistant coach/advance scout and assistant coach/director of scouting.
The Heat have had only six coaches over their 26 seasons, with an orderly, non-contentious progression since Riley arrived as coach and team president in 1995.
Riley would step down in 2003, with Stan Van Gundy promoted from his role as lead assistant. Van Gundy then stepped aside, citing family issues, in December 2005, with Riley returning. The most recent handoff was Riley moving to his current full-time role in the front office in 2008.
Ron Rothstein, currently a Spoelstra assistant, Kevin Loughery and Alvin Gentry, on an interim basis, previously coached the Heat.
Just as the Heat took a low-key approach to Spoelstra's extension, his players are taking a similar reserved approach to holding camp at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.
"It's going to be a work trip," power forward Udonis Haslem said. "Obviously, people think because you go to the Bahamas it's going to be a vacation. But we're going to be too tired."
Reserve swingman James Jones said the external view differs from the interview perspective.
"We live in Miami, it's topical, it's 30 minutes away," he said."The scenery really doesn't change much. It's not like we're there to enjoy the casinos and the pools. We're there to work."
The Heat will open camp with the NBA maximum of 20 players.
The 13 players in camp under fully guaranteed contract for 2013-14 are Bosh, Chris Andersen, Greg Oden, Joel Anthony, Haslem, Rashard Lewis, Shane Battier, James, Jones, Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Norris Cole. Also invited to camp with guarantees are NBA veterans Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr., Jarvis Varnado and rookies Justin Hamilton, Larry Drew II, Eric Griffin and Charlie Westbrook.
The Heat must cut to between 13 and 15 players by the Oct. 29 season opener against the visiting Bulls.
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